The Sweatsuit Is Suddenly Looking a Whole Lot Like the Future

By a show of hands, how many of you have been straight living in sweatsuits these last few months? Cool, looks like…everyone. I figured as much. Man, sometimes you got to give the people what they want, huh? And right now, as it turns out, what the people really want are sweatsuits—and lots of ’em.

Ever since WFH orders for non-essentials employees reached a critical mass, sweats, in one form or another, have been one of the few retail categories to really fucking pop off. As those fortunate enough to clock-in remotely hunker down for the long haul by preparing to wear nothing but soft, pillowy, fleece-lined shit for all of eternity, one thing’s for damn certain: The sweatsuit isn’t going anywhere.

The sweatsuit’s coronation as a bona fide hero product has been years in the making, since well before changing out of one and into another could plausibly be considered getting dressed for the day. Despite its often-grand allusions to artistry and craftsmanship, fashion—like any other multibillion dollar business—has always been a decidedly bottom-line oriented industry. In other words, if the people are clamoring for sweatsuits, it’s sweatsuits they’re going to get. Everyone and their mother is shilling some form of the style these days, so, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in one that’ll stand up to the grueling hours of hard wear and tear you’re sure to put it through. (Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if your crafty old mother was selling sweatsuits, made out of repurposed kids’ clothing she saved from when you were a toddler or something. Mom, bang my line! We’re about to make bank.)

In that spirit, I’ve rounded up some of the best sweatsuits available now—from swanky designer versions that cost about as much as any of their tailored counterparts (tailoring: look it up, kids) to the DTC options your friend who works in, like, influencer marketing is losing his shit over—all in an effort to help you embrace an old-school style that’s suddenly looking a whole lot like the future.

We’re living through a fucking pandemic, man. You’re allowed to take it easy. The sweatsuit now represents one of the kingliest full kits a man can have in his repertoire, and anyone who says otherwise has probably been trying to break in the same pair of selvedge for the last five years straight. Sweatsuits are for the people, baby. Let’s get this paper.

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Long-Sleeve Sweat Set

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$29.90

Good things come in…twos? Sure, why not. 

Logo Pullover Hoodie

Gap gap.com

$49.95

Gap doesn’t technically sell coordinating sweat sets, but sometimes half the fun is choosing out what works best yourself. (Notice how the pants below subtly pick up on the red lettering here without screaming, “We’re matching!”)

Logo Sweatpants

Gap gap.com

$44.95

Club Fleece Hoodie

Nike nike.com

$55.00

Nike sells its signature club fleece sweats in so many damn colors it’s almost a shame not to mix and match ’em. 

Cub Fleece Sweatpants

Nike nike.com

$55.00

Ace Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Mack Weldon mackweldon.com

$68.00

Though if you’re looking for a no-brainer choice that doesn’t demand any creative effort on your end, Mack Weldon’s matching micro-sanded french terry set is always a safe bet. 

Ace Sweatpant

Mack Weldon mackweldon.com

$78.00

Brushed Fleece Hoodie

J.Crew jcrew.com

$79.50

A hefty kangaroo pocket helps you feel like your life is in order even when you’re hanging on by a thread. (Very relatable!)

Brushed Fleece Sweatpants

J.Crew jcrew.com

$69.50

10-Year Pullover Hoodie

Flint and Tinder huckberry.com

$98.00

Masterfully constructed using 23oz (count’ em!) fleece from South Carolina and assembled entirely in L.A. 

10-Year Sweatpants

Flint and Tinder huckberry.com

$77.98

Loop Back Sweatshirt

Entireworld theentireworld.com

$88.00

The understated sweats that set the internet atwitter (and consistently sell out every time they restock) of Scott Sternberg, the man behind the once-beloved label Band of Outsiders. 

Loop Back Sweatpant

Entireworld theentireworld.com

$88.00

Half-Zip Fleece Pullover

FEAR OF GOD ESSENTIALS nordstrom.com

$90.00

A stand collar style (cut large, naturally) from a modern master of elevated sweats. 

Fleece Sweatpants

FEAR OF GOD ESSENTIALS nordstrom.com

$100.00

Tie-Dyed Hoodie

Stüssy mrporter.com

$115.00

Tonal gray tie-dye that’s, like, so done with it all.  

Tie-Dyed Sweatpants

Stüssy mrporter.com

$105.00

Heavyweight Turtleneck Sweatshirt

Todd Snyder + Champion toddsnyder.com

$118.00

Garment-washed goodness.

Heavyweight Slim Sweatpant

Todd Snyder + Champion toddsnyder.com

$118.00

Alias Pullover

Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com

€144.00

Another high-neck style, this time of an Amsterdam-based brand that rarely misses.  

Alias Sweatpants

Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com

€108.00

For Daily Use* Hoodie

Bricks & Wood bricksandwood.us

$130.00

It’s all right there in the name, dude.  

For Daily Use* Sweatpants

Bricks & Wood bricksandwood.us

$130.00

Lightweight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Reigning Champ reigningchamp.com

$145.00

Made in Canada out of a lightweight terry cloth perfect for precise layering.  

Lightweight Terry Slim Sweatpant

Reigning Champ reigningchamp.com

$120.00

Collegiate Hoodie

Supervsn Studios supervsn.com

$148.00

If this were a real college, I’d go there in a heartbeat.

Collegiate Sweatpant

Supervsn Studios supervsn.com

$128.00

Embroidered Logo Hoodie

Awake NY ssense.com

$145.00

Clean, classic streetwear staples made by a relatively new name that’s already damn near perfected ’em. 

Embroidered Logo Lounge Pants

Awake NY ssense.com

$145.00

Grey Tricolor Hoodie

Noah ssense.com

$150.00

A master of post-prep style puts its spin on a silhouette even the preppiest among us are wearing today. 

Navy Jersey Shorts

Noah ssense.com

$140.00

Logo-Embroidered Hoodie

Aimé Leon Dore mrporter.com

$185.00

If both of these pieces aren’t sold out by the time you’re reading this, consider it a sign, guy. It’s time to cop.  

Logo-Embroidered Drawstring Shorts

Aimé Leon Dore mrporter.com

$165.00

Tie-Dyed Zip-Up Hoodie

James Perse mrporter.com

$255.00

Man, who are you to say what tie-dye is and isn’t supposed to look like? James Perse’ typically understated take on the pattern comes in a super soft Supima cotton-jersey that looks appropriately bleak (?!) in the best way possible. 

Tie-Dyed Sweatpants

James Perse mrporter.com

$200.00

Bronx Crew

Cotton Citizen cottoncitizen.com

$225.00

If Cotton Citizen’s sweats always seem to have a certain zen energy to them, it’s probably because the brand handcrafts all its shit in sunny, blissed-out L.A. 

Bronx Sweats

Cotton Citizen cottoncitizen.com

$225.00

Bracket Hoodie

A-Cold-Wall* ssense.com

$290.00

Never one to proverbially mince words, A-Cold-Wall* strips the sweatsuit down to its essential elements—welt pockets, tonal hardware, and all. 

Bracket Lounge Pants

A-Cold-Wall* ssense.com

$240.00

Beach Hoodie

John Elliott johnelliott.com

$398.00

It’s fairly safe to say that without John Elliott’s input, the state of sweatpants would not be what it is today. Well, the man’s still here and still making his signature sweats in Japan, but now they’re hand-treated with a tie-dye finish. 

L.A. Sweatpants

John Eliott johnelliott.com

$398.00

Hand Painters Hoodie

Off-White ssense.com

$565.00

Nothing surprising here. All I see is an early proponent of lavish leisurewear still doing it the the way it’s supposed to be done. 

Hand Painters Mirko Lounge Pants

Off-White ssense.com

$540.00

Striped Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

Thom Browne mrporter.com

$530.00

As precisely tailored as any of the brand’s best suits, and with all the signature details to back it up. 

Grosgrain-Trimmed Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants

Thom Browne mrporter.com

$790.00

Logo-Print Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

Moncler Genius x Awake NY mrporter.com

$725.00

For Moncler’s latest round of partnerships, the Italian label teamed up with Awake NY on some sweats—among other things—that tap into what both brands do best. (And you’re lucky they did.) 

Logo-Detailed Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants

Moncler Genius x Awake NY mrporter.com

$580.00

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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